Title: ACTS OF WORSHIP: SEVEN STORIES - Scarce Fine...
Publisher: Tokyo, Japan: Kodansha International, 1989
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 205 pages. Published in 1989. Posthumous collection of short stories. Now considered a late-modern classic. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with the 1991 and 2002 Reissued Editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. The DJ utilizes the iconic black-and-white photograph of the author holding a rose by Eikoh Hosoe (from "Ba Ra Kei", known in English as "Ordeal by Roses"). Presents Yukio Mishima's "Acts of Worship" in a felicitous English translation. His most celebrated stories. "When Mishima committed ritual suicide in November 1970, he was only forty-five. He had written over thirty novels, eighteen plays, and twenty volumes of short stories. During his lifetime, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize three times and had seen almost all of his major novels appear in English. While the flamboyance of his life and the apparent fanaticism of his death have dominated the public's perception of his achievement, Japanese and Western critics alike are in agreement that his literary genius was prodigious. Mishima is arguably at his best in the shorter forms, and it is the flower of these that appears here for the first time in English. Each story has its own distinctive atmosphere and each is brilliantly organized, yielding deeper layers of meaning with repeated readings. The psychological observation, particularly in what it reveals of the turmoil of adolescence, is meticulous. The style, with its skillful blending of colors and surfaces, shows Mishima in top form and no further proof is needed to remind us that he was a consummate writer whose work is an irreplaceable part of world literature. This beautifully translated collection contains some of Mishima's finest stories, none of them previously collected in an English edition. The seven stories vary in tone and subject matter yet each reveals Mishima's total control, striking imagery, and psychological insight" (Publisher's blurb). A magnificent collection. An absolute "must-have" title for Yukio Mishima collectors. This title is a great collection. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER YUKIO MISHIMA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 4770014376. Bookseller Inventory # 10600
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